Arbitrary Detention

Rights experts urge UAE to halt repatriation of Yemeni nationals 

The repatriation of 18 Yemeni nationals previously held at the US military prison in Guantanamo Bay, should be halted, as their lives could be in danger, UN-appointed human rights experts said on Thursday. 

News In Brief 08 June 2018

  • Libya: UN human rights office, OHCHR, warns of abuses as battle for Derna continues
  • UNICEF: Mali community teaching initiative aims to keep extremists at bay
  • 250,000 people ‘may lose everything - even their lives’ in assault on Yemen’s Hodeidah: UN’s Grande
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News in Brief 06 June 2018

  • ‘First and very important step’ taken to allow return of Rohingya refugees
  • Massive scale-up of mental health resources needed to meet development targets
  • UN rights experts condemn China’s 5-year prison sentence for Tibetan activist
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UK, Sweden “should respect UN’s Assange ruling”

A leading human rights expert has added his voice to calls for the United Kingdom and Sweden to respect the findings of a UN committee on whistleblower Julian Assange.

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Brazil: UN experts voice concern over deprivation of liberty for detainees

A United Nations human rights panel visiting Brazil has raised concerns regarding what it called an “excessive use” of policies leading to the deprivation of liberty as well as a lack of effective legal assistance to persons arrested or detained in the South American nation.

UN group on arbitrary detention concerned over practices in Germany

The United Nations independent working group on arbitrary detention today voiced concern over Germany’s preventive detention system, citing the practice of depriving some people of their liberty after serving their prison terms because they are considered a “danger to society.”

UN experts express concern at length of custody for illegal migrants in Malta

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts today voiced concern about the length of time immigrants rescued off the coast of Malta spend in custody, saying it is not “in line with international human rights law.”

Ukraine: UN experts call for progress on arbitrary detention issues

A group of independent United Nations human rights experts has urged Ukraine to address issues such as access to justice by detainees and the right to a fair trial, while noting the progress made by the country in dealing with arbitrary detention.